Wheelchair Accessible TreehouseSeptember 15, 2017 By CHAMP Camp
We always let our imaginations run wild when working to find ways to create new experiences and memories for our campers. We’re proud to say that in partnership with the Finish Line Youth Foundation in 2014, we constructed a 140′ and 375′ accessible zip line for our campers to enjoy! For all of our campers who either are in wheelchairs, have ventilators, or have a tracheostomy, having the chance to zip line independently through the trees was an amazing new reality and experience!
Now, we’re ready to once again take our campers to new heights. Our next adventurous goal is to construct an accessible treehouse that will enable all campers to independently climb up into the trees, spend time with others, and experience the wonder and beauty of the outdoor wilderness! The treehouse will also serve as the staging and launching area for the two accessible zip lines!
One of our favorite things about this treehouse and zip line project is that it’s about so much more than just CHAMP Camp. More than 16,000 guests visit Bradford Woods each year and will be able to enjoy the treehouse, including:
- 1,500 through medical camps, including adult camps
- 5,000 fifth graders for Environmental Education programs
- 2,000 participants in adventure education/teambuilding
- 7,000 participants in retreat programs
- 500 participants in military and family programs
So many children with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities from camps like Camp Riley through Riley Hospital for Children, Little Red Door, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Easter Seals will have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing new experience they simply can’t anywhere else.
CHAMP Camp has taken on the task to raise $375,000 to build the fully accessible treehouse, and we have successfully raised $150,000 thus far. We are looking for partners to help to get us the rest of the way so that our CHAMP Camp campers and all who visit Bradford Woods can experience the beauty of nature, the thrill of a zip line, and the joy of climbing a tree.